September 02, 2010

Turning Two

"There's absolutely no way you can go barreling into second and dump a guy on a double play, like you should do, when you've been fraternizing with him before a game."
- Frank Robinson

Preach on, Mr. Robinson.

I've only recently become more enamored with the double play. More aware, in a sense, of the speed and skill with which it occurs. Five seconds, and two outs. Five seconds, two outs, and out of a jam. Five seconds, two outs, a scoop of a throw in the dirt at first base, and the inning is over.

Because it happens so often, and so flawlessly, day in and day out in baseball, I think I've come to take the double play for granted. And that ain't right. Because there isn't much in this world quite like a six-four-three.

Image courtesy of daylife. Thanks, yo.


Pension Plan Puppets said...

Our softball turned three (THREE!!!1) double plays in our last game of the year. I played first and got to do the big stretch to catch the guy. It's such an amazing play.

Anonymous said...

I agree completely. And so does Buck 65 — in song!

Navin Vaswani (@eyebleaf) said...

@ PPP: When even you're appreciating the double play, you know it's special, mate. In all seriousness: turning two in softball is even crazier, because it's so much harder to do. And I didn't even mention how epic a double play is when the first baseman has to stretch like he's never stretched before to get 'er done. Everyone is involved. It's awesome.

@ infieldfly: That song is amazing!!!1 Thanks for sharing.